1. They’re extremely rare
For a redheaded child to be born, both parents must carry the recessive MC1R ‘ginger gene’. And even then, there’s only 25% chance of having a baby with red hair. So really, they’re tiny little miracles that can come out of nowhere. Majestic unicorns, if you will.
2. You might have ginger babies with them
Relating to the above, if you’ve got the ginger gene, you’re one step closer to winning the genetic lottery of having an adorable red-haired baby!
3. Their freckles are just cuteness overload
You see those freckles? Yep, they’re awesome, cute, and a year-round reminder of summer fun.
4. They are ageless
Thanks to their burden of spending our lives shade-hopping and heavily applying sunscreen, sun damage is generally limited with redheads, which is the main cause of fine lines and wrinkles.
5. Redheads don’t go grey
Ginger hair retains its colour far longer than other shades, which eventually fades to silvery-white, a process called achromotrichia. No greys here!
6. They are (sort of) fiery
…at least, they will probably turn fiery if you ask them if they’re fiery. It also means that gingers can use the redhead stereotype of being hot-headed as an excuse for losing their temper once in a while (or a lot).
7. Redheads smell better
In 1886, Augustin Galopin wrote in his book Le Parfum de la Femme that redheads have the strongest scent of all women, emitting notes of amber and violet.
And founding editor of The Erotic Review, Rowan Pelling, agreed with this, stating that gingers’ natural scent is distinctive and strong, and “drives many an admirer wild”.
8. Ginger nicknames
By dating a redhead you open the door to a world of adorable pet names: Ginger, Red, Rusty, Beautiful, My Heart’s Desire…the list is endless.
9. Redheads are special without even trying
In a world where people do almost anything to stand out from the crowd, gingers are special without even trying. All eyes are on us. No sweat.
10. You’ll never lose them in a crowd
Speaking of crowds, redheads are always particularly easy to spot in a crowded room (unless you’re at a redhead event).
11. You’ll be hooked
Some people have a ‘type’. Our betting is that, after you’ve dated a redhead, your type is ‘redhead’.